Thursday Olympic Preview: What to Watch, TV Listings, and Medals Awarded

Good morning, Olympics fans.

Already today American judoka Kayla Harrison has advanced into the semifinals of the women’s 78 kg. She will continue her bid to become the United States’ first gold medalist in judo later this morning against Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar.

Can Kayla Harrison become the first American ever to win gold in judo? You’ll know by lunchtime.

Plenty of exciting things went on yesterday. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights:

  • 38-year-old American cyclist Kristin Armstrong (no relation to Lance), who broke her collarbone in May, won her second consecutive gold medal in the women’s individual time trial.
  • British cyclist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins gave the 300,000 Londoners who had gathered to watch the men’s time trial everything they wanted, winning gold by a margin of 42 seconds and becoming Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian. (He owns four gold medals, a silver, and two bronze for his career.)
  • American swimmer Nathan Adrian became the first American to win gold in the men’s 100 freestyle since 1988.
  • Allison Schmitt looked amazing yet again, pulling away from the competition in the anchor leg of the 4 x 200 freestyle relay to clinch gold for Team USA.
  • Rebecca Soni set a world record in the semifinal of the 200 breaststroke.
  • Team USA continued its diving resurgence, with Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen winning bronze in the men’s synchronized 3 meter springboard. It was the first medal in four Olympics for Dumais.
  • American gymnast Danell Leyva overcame a botched pommel horse routine to take bronze in the men’s all around.
  • The American beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings dropped a set to Austria—the first time they’ve lost a set in Olympic play—but recovered to stay perfect in Group C.

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong celebrates with her 22-month-old son Lucas after winning gold in the women’s time trial. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Here are some things to look forward to today:

  • Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte duel in the 200 individual medley, and Phelps will attempt to become the first person ever to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event.
  • Lochte and fellow American Tyler Clary look to continue the United States’ backstroke dominance in the men’s 200 backstroke, while Missy Franklin swims for gold in the women’s 200 back.
  • Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman (and Aly Raisman’s parents) represent the United States in the women’s all around.
  • Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers look to stay perfect in beach volleyball group play.
  • Many top tennis players, including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Novak Djokovic, will take the courts at Wimbledon (6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central on Bravo).
  • The United States men’s basketball team takes on Al-Farouq Aminu and Nigeria (4:15 p.m. on NBC Sports Network).

LeBron James and Chris Paul will take the court today against Nigeria.

Here’s a look at today’s TV schedule and a list of medals that will be awarded today:

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TV Schedule

All times Central Daylight Time. Add one hour for Eastern time and six hours for London time.


9:00 a.m.: Swimming
9:15 a.m.: Canoe/Kayak
9:40 a.m.: Swimming
10:30 a.m.: Women’s beach volleyball
11:30 a.m.: Swimming
11:45 a.m.: Cycling
12:20 p.m.: Men’s water polo, USA v. Great Britain
1:30 p.m.: Rowing
2:15 p.m.: Canoe/Kayak
3:00 p.m.: Men’s beach volleyball
7:00 p.m.: NBC Primetime, featuring swimming finals, women’s gymnastics all around competition, beach volleyball, and more (until 11:00)

NBC Sports Network

8:15 a.m.: Archery
8:45 a.m.: Shooting (until 9:40)
10:15 a.m.: Archery
10:45 a.m.: Men’s basketball, Brazil v. Russia
12:30 p.m.: Boxing
2:15 p.m.: Table tennis
3:00 p.m.: Women’s field hockey, China v. Netherlands
4:15 p.m.: Men’s basketball, USA v. Nigeria
6:15 p.m.: Table tennis (until 7:00)


8:00 a.m.: Equestrian
9:30 a.m.: Men’s water polo, Romania v. Hungary
9:40 a.m.: Judo (until 10:15)
11:15 a.m.: Men’s water polo, Serbia v. Montenegro
11:50 a.m.: Men’s volleyball, Poland v. Argentina
1:20 p.m.: Badminton
2:20 p.m.: Men’s water polo, Italy v. Croatia
3:40 p.m.: Badminton
4:10 p.m.: Men’s handball, Sweden v. Iceland (until 5:15)


4:00 p.m.: Boxing (until 7:00)


6:00 a.m.: Tennis (until 2:00)

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Medals Awarded on Thursday


Women’s individual


Men’s slalom C-2
Women’s slalom K-1


Men’s team sprint (track)
Women’s team sprint (track)


Women’s team foil


Women’s individual all around


Women’s 78 kg
Men’s 100 kg


Men’s double sculls
Men’s lightweight four
Women’s eight


Men’s double trap


Men’s 200 backstroke
Women’s 200 breaststroke
Men’s 200 individual medley
Women’s 100 freestyle

Table Tennis

Men’s singles

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


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